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I have one on all my machines but I'm really lost for where to put it on the Simplicity I just bought. Both the Fords and the JD have a top post style battery so I was able to get a switch that just clamped there and then the battery cable clamped to the switch.

Here is a picture of under the seat. Would you make a bracket to mount it to and then put it just to the left of the solenoid? I didn't have a ton of switch options because of the style of battery posts.



It's this style switch so its pretty big.



If it came down to it I COULD just mount it to the center part of the fender behind the seat but that would look tacky as ****.
 

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find the spot that it looks best/mounts fine with clearance. then buy/make longer cables to reach it. don't let the battery cable length dictate where the switch goes!
I picked up 2 18" cables to go with it. That isn't really my problem. This Simplicity doesn't really have any good mounting spots and unhooking the battery every time I use it is getting old.
 

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Why do you need a battery cut-off switch?
The solenoid should stop any bleed off, unless there are other items connected directly off the battery.
Or is it to deter un-official use?
 

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Why do you need a battery cut-off switch?
The solenoid should stop any bleed off, unless there are other items connected directly off the battery.
Or is it to deter un-official use?
Simply a safety issue. If the vehicle has no power its impossible for it to do anything besides sit there. I've seen a buddie's, dad's, barn burn down because his 8n had a random electrical fire after sitting dormant for a month. $20 spend on a switch is a better move than replacing $50,000+ in tools, equipment, family objects, furniture, and whatever else might be in the barn at the time.

This is what I ended up fabbing up. I used the stock battery cable to go from the solenoid to the switch then a newly purchased 18" battery cable to go from the switch to the battery.

 

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Good reasoning, ITT.
The bracket will do the job very nicely, plus it allows protection from shorting out the switch accidentally. Good solution.

The CO switch on my antique has a removable key. So I wouldn't loose it, I used a short piece of pull chain to keep the key close at hand when not in the switch. The chain also prohibits someone from pocketing the key and walking away, or forgetting where he left it.
 

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My friend put one of those on his old Nova,the kind that goes right on the battery post..he had a wire melt when it touched the headers,and by the time he pulled over,got the hood open,and "unscrewed" the switch,(it had a knob you had to turn),it was too late,most of the wires in the engine compartment had fried..

I vote to put it where it can be reached easily and quickly,tacky or not!..
 
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